The vendors at the show display their wares in the large ballrooms as well as most of the hotel rooms.
|This is an interesting specimen of quartz. Does not look like quartz? Well it is a pseudomorph after anhydrite.|
Every kid interested in dinosaurs would love this replica of a poor ole plant eater being zipped by a couple of small raptors.
Nice therapod (meat eater) skull. Note those massive shearing Nice therapod (meat eater) skull. Note those massive shearing teeth.
This display is available every year and I love it. There are fake Moroccan trilobites, and other critters, all over the place. It is hard to say but a good guess might be 75%?
This is a “real” fossil from the western Kansas chalk beds (Niobrara Formation): Xiphactinus, the “Bulldog Fish.”
|Glen Rockers of www.paleosearch.com always has nice displays of Cretaceous vertebrate fossils from the Kansas chalk beds.|
Before leaving for Arizona and the Tucson Shows I received my copy of Rocks and Minerals and was delighted the issue centered on “blue minerals” to correspond with the theme of the main Tucson Show. One of the magazine articles was a description of the mineral carletonite, a new one for me [KNa4Ca4Si8O18(CO3)4(OH,F)-H2O]. I noted it was such a gorgeous royal blue color but sort of put it aside in my mind as I saw descriptions such as rare, expensive, and “finding a fine specimen of carletonite today is nearly impossible. And the outlook for the future is not promising…” (Pohwat, 2016).
|Photomicrographs of carletonite with enlargement above. Width FOV bottom ~8 ,mm. Both royal blue and clear material can be observed.|